Hi everyone! It’s Brandy from Nutmeg Nanny. I’m here again to give you a great Christmas recipe. If you have missed the announcement the prize for this months winner will be a year subscription to Cooking Light. How awesome is that! The MckLinky will open on December 19th and Faith and I are looking forward to seeing what everyone makes 🙂 Remember your submission can be any recipe that reminds you of Christmas. Now onto the cookies!
Earlier this year the fine people at My Blog Spark asked me to answer a survey about a the cover of this season’s Betty Crocker Christmas Cookie book. For my participation in this even they sent me a copy of this great little cookie book. The first recipe that jumped out at me was delicious (and beautiful) caramel macchiato thumbprints. I finally got around to making these great cookies one day while I was at work. Not only where they simple they tasted amazing. I swear. Amazing! When my boss came home he said to me “Oh my gosh the house smells amazing!” Not only did my boss love these cookies, so did everyone who works for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. You see my boss plays the bass professionally and does a number of shows. Radio City Christmas Spectacular just being one. I have to say. It made me pretty happy that all those awesome people at Radio City tasted these delicious cookies….and enjoyed them! 🙂
Ok back to the cookies. This recipe used store bought bag mix sugar cookie dough and dresses it up with the flavors of coffee and vanilla. It’s then topped with melted caramel and drizzled with chocolate (my drizzling skills need work….) If I had to pick something to complain about with these cookies it’s this. I did the whole thumbprint thing before it went into the oven but then puffed up so much it didn’t seem to matter. I found that in the middle of cooking pushing down the center again seemed to help. I’m not sure if this is normal or not. I have never made thumbprint cookies before.
Alright everyone. Get in the kitchen and make these cookies because I know you and everyone in your household (or job) will totally love these 🙂 Enjoy!!!
Caramel Macchiato Thumbprint Cookies:
2 t. instant espresso coffee powder
1 T. hot water
1 pouch Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix
1/4 C. all-purpose flour
1/2 C. butter – melted
2 t. vanilla
18 caramels – unwrapped
2 T. milk
1/2 C. semisweet chocolate chips
1 t. shortening (I left this out and just mixed milk with the chocolates before melting)
Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, dissolve coffee powder in hot water. Stir in cookie mix, flour, butter, vanilla and egg until very soft dough forms.
Shape dough into 1 1/2-inch balls. On ungreased cookie sheets, place balls 2 inches apart. Using thumb or handle of wooden spoon, make indentation in center of each cookie.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks.
In small microwavable bowl, microwave caramels and milk uncovered on High 1 minute to 1 minute 30 seconds, stirring once, until caramels are melted. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon caramel into indentation in each cookie. Cool 15 minutes.
In another small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips and shortening uncovered on High 1 minute to 1 minute 30 seconds or until chips can be stirred smooth. Drizzle chocolate over cookies. Let stand about 30 minutes or until chocolate is set.
Source: Betty Crocker